Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Vayeshev

Joseph_Sold_by_His_BrothersSorry about getting this up late this week, Ishi has been off work and we’ve all been a little lax around here.
In this week’s Torah portion Vayeshev – Genesis 37:1 – 40:23 we read about Joseph, and the story of Judah and Tamar.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 37:1-11 (11 p’sukim)

2: 37:12-22 (11 p’sukim)

3: 37:23-36 (14 p’sukim)

4: 38:1-30 (30 p’sukim)

5: 39:1-6 (6 p’sukim)

6: 39:7-23 (17 p’sukim)

7: 40:1-23 (23 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is Amos 2:6 – 3:8.


Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Bereishit by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team (this is for this week’s portion, in particular), which you can view on the AlephBeta Website.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of emuna which can be translated as faith, or faithfulness. 

Tim Hegg has written an article on faithfulness. I encourage you to read it and reflect on how this understanding might impact your life. Maybe jot down some things, and spend time in prayer asking Hashem how you might better align your own will with His and show His faithfulness to others. Faithfulness — A Few Thoughts

Blessings and Shalom,